In 2013, the New Mexico Association of Counties Board of Directors adopted an official positions book for the organization. These positions provide a record of the Association’s stance on a variety of county issues and reflect the diverse interests of the NMAC membership. The positions have been summarized into a policy statement and is reviewed annually for changes and updates by the Board of Directors during their August meeting.
THE LIFECYCLE OF NMAC LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM
Year-Round Policy Committee Meetings
Spring Affiliate Meetings
- Affiliates consider possible legislative issues for annual conference.
April-May Policy Committee and Pool Board Meetings
- Discuss potential legislative issues that have countywide impact and statewide significance after the legislative district meetings; inform affected affiliates.
May Advisory Council Meeting
- Affiliates present legislative issues and final affiliate meeting agendas with possible joint meetings to the advisory council for discussion. NMAC staff summarizes affiliate legislative issues for the Legislative Committee.
June Annual Conference
- Affiliates submit legislative issues during conference.
- Non-elected official affiliates submit legislative issues through the Managers Affiliate for endorsement.
July Legislative Committee Meeting
- The Legislative Committee reviews and categorizes (legislative and non-legislative issues) policy committee, pool board, and affiliate legislative issues to determine if they have countywide impact and statewide significance.
- The Legislative Committee makes recommendations for the Board’s August meeting.
- Non-legislative issues shall be referred to respective policy committees for further consideration.
August Board Meeting
- The Legislative Committee, policy committee chairs, pool board chairs, affiliate chairs and/or their designated representative present legislative issues to the Board for endorsement.
- The endorsed legislative issues to be considered as a NMAC legislative priority are then voted on by the Board, which selects a limited number as NMAC legislative priorities.
- Those endorsed legislative issues that are not voted as priorities may be advanced by the policy committee, pool board, and affiliates for legislative action with support from NMAC, as time and resources permit.
September – December Legislative Interim Committee Meetings/Selection of Sponsor/Drafting
- Board members present NMAC legislative priorities to Board of County Commission for endorsement and report to the NMAC Board at the October meeting on the commission discussion.
- NMAC presents bills to interim committees, identifies sponsors for proposed priorities, and Legislative Council Service drafts bills.
- Legislative interim committees may vote to endorse some bills at their last meeting.
- NMAC to write FIR responses for priorities.
Fall Affiliate Meetings
- Affiliates continue to work on legislative issues.
November Joint Meeting with NMML
- NMAC and NMML Executive Boards meet to discuss and endorse legislative priorities.
January Introduction of Bill and Committee Assignments
January – February (30-day session) Tracking/Communication/Hearings/Floor Votes or
January – March (60-day session) Tracking/Communication/Hearings/Floor Votes
February – April Action by the Governor/NMAC Legislative District Meetings
- Three weeks following adjournment, for Governor’s action.
- NMAC Legislative District meetings last two weeks of March (30-day session) or last two weeks of April (60-day session).